A birth doula supports the family choices in birth through continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and the expectant family during labor, delivery and postpartum.
The word "monitrice" is French for one who monitors, coaches and instructs. A monitrice offers the same physical, emotional and informational support as a doula, but she also provides limited clinical expertise. If choosing to stay home longer, especially if you are first time mother or a trying for a vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC), hiring a monitrice can provide additional peace of mind.
Heidi has worked with families as a birth doula since 2004. She has broad level of experience in many different styles of birth. She also brings her midwifery knowledge to help you understand your birthing options. She brings her intuition and skills to support you during your birth.
Having a baby is a very special moment for a family. That is why it is important to find best doula/monitrice that you connect and relate to so you all can be on the same page surrounding your birth options. I host our free consultation at my office where I would love to get know you, and what you want in your birth and how you would like a doula/monitrice to support you and your family.
Two prenatal visits held either at my office or at your home. Appointments are 90 minutes long. During our time we…
Get to know each other,
Learn how to support your unique needs during pregnancy, labor, birth and beyond,
Build a birth plan encompassing A to Z,
Learn your labor and birth options,
Practice comfort measures for labor and birth,
Learn how your baby is positioned,
Answer your questions!
Labor & Birth
During labor, I will stay in contact with you offering support over the phone until you are ready for me to come to your home/birthing location. I offer to support you during labor with…
Emotional and physical support,
Help you advocate your birth plan with the staff at your birthing location,
Suggesting optimal birthing positions,
Staying 1-2 hours postpartum, offering breastfeeding support.
Your first postpartum visit is usually held a few days after birth. A second visit (optional) can be held when it best fits your schedule. This is a time to…
Review your birth,
Answer questions about nursing and pumping,
Check in with family to see how they are adjusting,
Admire the baby of course!
How do you support us during birthing experience?
I am often asked how I support a family through their birthing experience and I offer back the question, "How do you want to be supported?" Each family has a right to have their own unique birth. My goal is support them in making their birth desires become a reality. During our prenatal appointments we have the chance to really get to know each other. I want to learn what makes you tick. What calms you when you are feeling stressed and what makes you laugh? I am there to support you at your own comfort level. And of course, I want you to get to know me! I want you to feel comfortable with who you have invited to be at your birth.
Do you work with a back-up doula or a partner doula?
I am so blessed to work alongside another great doula. Jessica and I often share on-call time and support families together. As partners, we share the same philosophies surrounding birth and we can offer a more well-rounded support. If we choose to partner for your birth, you can meet both of us during the interview and we will both attend your prenatal appointments so you can get to know us. If Jessica is covering as back-up doula only, you may request to have her attend one prenatal so you can get to know her.
Do you offer childbirth education?
I offer a synopsis of childbirth education during your prenatal visits. Together, we examine some key points so we will be on the same page when it come to your wishes for your birth. I highly recommend taking additional childbirth education and breastfeeding classes. If you are interested, I am happy to recommend some classes for you.
What are some of the tools in your doula bag?
My Hands - If I only could bring one thing to a birth, it would be my hands to offer counter support and other hands-on techniques that can be very useful during labor. I share these techniques during our second prenatal appointment so you can have your partner support you as well.
Rebozo - A rebozo is a woven piece of fabric used by Mexican women as a shawl. A rebozo is a very versatile tool. A couple of the ways it can help is to provide back support during back labor, or it can dangle from a doorway and become an anchor for you to hold onto during a contraction. We will practice some techniques during our prenatal appointments.
Homeopathic Remedies and Essential Oils - There are many great homeopathic remedies used in labor. One in particular is great for lessening back labor. With a lifetime of use of homeopathy and over 15 years of studying and teaching about homeopathy, I bring that knowledge and skill to give you options during birth. Essential oils can help calm a room or help energize mom through those last few contractions.
T.E.N.S. Unit Rental - Obstetric TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) has been found to be an effective technique for pain control in over 80 percent of births. Many studies have been done in Europe with marked success, especially for back pain in labor.
Benefits of using TENS in labor
• TENS is a form of non-invasive pain relief.
• TENS has no harmful effects on either the mother or baby .
• TENS does not restrict your ability to move about in labor.
• TENS can be applied at home during early labor.
• Other pain relief options can still be used if TENS does not provide you with adequate pain relief.
How does your role as a midwife influence you as a doula?
While as a doula I am not able to do clinical work like blood pressure, or fetal heart tones or catch a baby! I can offer my knowledge base as a midwife to help understand your options in depth for pregnancy, labor and birth. Please note that if I attend your birth as a doula and end up using my clinical skills as a midwife (i.e., catch the baby), I will charge my full midwife fee.